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Counterfeit and illicit tobacco seized in Stafford

An ongoing operation to combat the sale of illicit and counterfeit tobacco in Stafford has seen the seizure of 3,280 cigarettes and 6,950g of hand-rolling tobacco. The seizure, with an estimated street value of £2,087 was made on Thursday 19th September by Staffordshire County Council’s trading standards officers. The raid at a retail premises and a residential property was supported ...

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Growth plan to improve economy and wellbeing in South Staffordshire

Gestamp South Staffordshire

An agreement which builds on an established partnership to grow the economy in South Staffordshire and further strengthen communities has been formed by the county and district councils.  The South Staffordshire Growth Agreement follows on from two successful district deals between the councils over the last six years which set out a range of regeneration projects and initiatives to increase ...

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Stafford firm Saint-Gobain Abrasives celebrate opening of brand-new headquarters and distribution centre

Unicorn House at Redhill

Stafford-based firm Saint-Gobain Abrasives UK has celebrated the relocation of its head office and distribution centre to a county council-developed business park. Previously based at the old Universal Grinding Wheel Co Ltd site in Doxey, the new Saint-Gobain Abrasives building, named Unicorn House, is now located on the Redhill Business Park, just off J14 of the M6. An opening event ...

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New town centre bollards set to be activated

A new set of rising bollards have been installed to help protect the pedestrian area in Tamworth town centre. The previous set had been out of operation for several years and needed replacing as they were beyond repair. Staffordshire County Council has worked with Tamworth Borough Council to install the new bollards with a £70,000 highways investment. They will be ...

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East Staffordshire counterfeit tobacco seller imprisoned

Illicit tobacco

An ongoing operation by Staffordshire Trading Standards to combat the sale of illicit and counterfeit tobacco has secured a conviction following the seizure of a quantity of cigarettes and rolling tobacco. On 13 December 2017, Officers accompanied by a specialist dog handler entered Smakus shop at 15 Derby Street, Burton and found a large quantity of Marlboro Gold cigarettes. Dilshad ...

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County business sites creating more skilled jobs

IC5 Keel

Business sites across Staffordshire are continuing to create skilled and better paid jobs as the county maintains near full employment. Staffordshire County Council’s economic growth leader Mark Winnington said that with sites like i54 South Staffordshire, Redhill in Stafford and Four Ashes fully occupied or nearly fully occupied, he was confident of more opportunities in the future. At Keele University ...

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Counterfeit Golf merchandise seller sentenced to 14 months

A Kidsgrove man has been sentenced to 14 months imprisonment, suspended for 24 months, after selling counterfeit golfing goods on eBay. Steven Bowler, aged 48 of Shakespeare Close, Kidsgrove was found guilty of one offence of fraudulent trading and 9 offences infringing the Trade Marks Act between June 2015 and June 2017. Bowler was also ordered to carry out 50 ...

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New deal to help reduce pressure on hospitals

Improvements to a new healthcare contract will help more people remain independent at home and stay out of hospital or be discharged faster after treatment. The proposed updated arrangements providing reablement services for adults will see the continuation of thousands of hours care in people’s homes. Alan White, Deputy Leader of Staffordshire County Council and Cabinet member for Health, Care ...

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Council could step in and provide nursing care in Stafford and South Staffordshire

Social Care

Up to 200 people who need nursing care in Stafford and South Staffordshire could be accommodated in two brand new homes. In plans being put before the county council’s cabinet on 18th September, the authority is proposing to build two new nursing homes in the areas where the council experiences the most difficulties in sourcing placements. If agreed, the homes ...

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On your bike for national cycling to school campaign

Schools across Staffordshire are being invited to take part in the 2019 Bike to School Week, from 23 to 27 September. The campaign, being supported by Staffordshire County Council’s school travel team is calling on schools, parents and children to join the celebration and cycle to school during that week. Current figures show that only 2% of primary school children ...

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